Off to the Races

Lana Del Rey

About Off to the Races

"Off to the Races" is a song by American singer and songwriter Lana Del Rey. First appearing on her self-titled Interscope debut, the song was re-released on her debut studio album, Born to Die (2012). The song was written by Del Rey and Tim Larcombe. Emile Haynie and Patrik Berger paired up for the song's production. It was released in the UK as iTunes Single of the Week on December 20, 2011. In the Netherlands, "Off to the Races" was released as a digital single on January 6, 2012.  


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2012
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My old man is a bad man
But I can't deny the way he holds my hand
And he grabs me, he has me by my heart
He doesn't mind I have a Las Vegas past
He doesn't mind I have a L.A crass way about me
He loves me with every beat of his cocaine heart

Swimming pool
Glimmering darling
White bikini off with my red nail polish
Watch me in the swimming pool
Bright blue ripples, you
Sitting sipping on your Black Cristal, oh yeah

Light of my life, fire in my loins
Be a good baby, do what I want
Light of my life, fire in my loins
Gimme them gold coins
Gimme them coins

And I'm off to the races, cases
Of Bacardi chasers
Chasing me all over town
'Cause he knows I'm wasted,
Facing time again at Riker's Island
And I won't get out

Because I'm crazy, baby
I need you to come here and save me
I'm your little scarlet starlet
Singing in the garden
Kiss me on my open mouth
Ready for you

My old man is, a tough man
But he got a soul as sweet as blood red jam
And he shows me, he knows me, every inch of my tar black soul
He doesn't mind I have a flat broke down life
In fact he says he thinks it's what he might like about me, admires me
The way I roll like a rolling stone

Likes to watch me in the glass room, bathroom
Chateau Marmont
Slipping on my red dress, putting on my make up
Glass film, perfume, cognac, lilac
Fumes, says it feels like heaven to him

Light of his life, fire of his loins
Keep me forever, tell me you want me
Light of your life, fire of your loins
Tell me you want me, gimme them coins

And I'm off to the races, cases
Of Bacardi chasers
Chasing me all over town

'Cause he knows I'm wasted, facing
Time again at Riker's
Island and I won't get out

Because I'm crazy, baby
I need you to come here and save me
I'm your little scarlet starlet
Singing in the garden
Kiss me on my open mouth

Now I'm off to the races, laces
Leather on my waist is
Tight and I am falling down
I can see your faces, shameless
Cipriani's basement
Love you, but I'm going down

God I'm so crazy, baby
I'm sorry that I'm misbehaving
I'm your little harlot starlet
Queen of Coney Island
Raising hell all over town
Sorry 'bout it

My old man is a thief, and
I'm gonna stay and pray with him till the end
But I trust in the decision of the law
To watch over us
Take him when he may, if he may
I'm not afraid to say
That I'd die without him
Who else is gonna put up with me this way?
I need you, I breathe you, I'll never leave you
They would rue the day, I was alone without you

You're lying with your gold chain on
Cigar hanging from your lips
I said, "Hon' you never looked so beautiful
As you do now my man"

And we're off to the races, places
Ready set the gate is down
And then we're going in
To Las Vegas, pay us
'Cause you know we'll race this
Honey it is time to spit
Boy you're so crazy, baby
I love you forever
Not maybe
You are my one true love
You are my one true love

You are my one true love

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Lana Del Rey

Elizabeth Woolridge Grant (born June 21, 1985), known professionally as Lana Del Rey, is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Her music has been noted by critics for its stylized cinematic quality, its preoccupation with themes of tragic romance, glamour, and melancholia, and its references to pop culture, particularly 1950s and 1960s Americana. more »

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Written by: Tim Larcombe, Elizabeth Grant

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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15 facts about this song

Artist Information
"Off to the Races" is sung by the talented American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey.
Album Details
The song is featured on her second studio album "Born to Die," which was released in 2012.
Song Genetics
"Off to the Races" was written by Del Rey and Tim Larcombe.
Production Team
The production of the song was managed by Patrik Berger and Emile Haynie.
Genre Classification
The song falls under the genre of baroque pop, and it features a blend of hip hop, and trip hop, becoming an emblematic example of Lana Del Rey's cinematic composition format.
Song Inspiration
Del Rey has stated that she drew inspiration from the works of Vladimir Nabokov, specifically his novel "Lolita," when writing the song.
Lyrical Theme
The song tells the story of a dangerous love affair, highlighting themes of passion, addiction, and brokenness.
Reception
The song drew a mixed critical response upon its release. Some critics praised Del Rey's songwriting abilities and the song's cinematic quality, while others criticized its production and Del Rey's vocal performance.
Live Performance
"Off to the Races" had its live debut at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City in 2011.
Song Interpretation
Fans and critics have interpreted this song as Del Rey playing a Lolita-like character who falls in love with older men.
Music Video
The video for "Off to the Races" does not follow a linear storyline but instead offers various cinematic sequences featuring Del Rey, symbolizing her tumultuous relationship, glamor, and addiction, reinforcing the darker narrative of the song.
Digital Success
"Off to the Races" reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart soon after the album's release.
Use in Popular Culture
The song has been used in several TV shows and movies, including "Good Behavior" and "Orange Is the New Black."
Song Length
The official song's length is approximately 5 minutes, one of the longest tracks on the album "Born to Die".
Del Rey's Comment
Lana Del Rey once commented that "Off to the Races" is one of her favorite songs from the album.

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